Nikola Zigic scored four goals, including a seven-minute hat-trick, as Birmingham thrashed Leeds at Elland Road to maintain their promotion push.

Ross McCormack put Leeds ahead with a low effort before Zigic headed home Wade Elliot's cross to equalise.

The striker fired his side into the lead after 61 minutes and added to it with headers in the 64th and 68th to extend their unbeaten run to 10 games.

Birmingham are now up to fourth in the Championship, while Leeds sit 10th.

Much of the home crowd turned on Leeds chairman Ken Bates after Zigic's fourth.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (2)

Leeds United

  • 01 Lonergan
  • 22 Lees
  • 28 White
  • 29 Thompson
  • 48 O'Dea Booked
  • 15 Clayton
  • 17 Townsend
  • 25 Delph
  • 10 Becchio
  • 23 Snodgrass
  • 44 McCormack

Substitutes

  • 24 Taylor
  • 04 Bruce
  • 08 Brown
  • 16 Pugh
  • 20 Nunez

Birmingham City

  • 01 Myhill
  • 03 Murphy
  • 04 Caldwell
  • 23 Spector Booked
  • 24 Davies Booked
  • 07 Burke
  • 12 Mutch
  • 14 Gomis (Redmond - 80' )
  • 15 Elliott
  • 18 Fahey
  • 19 Zigic (Rooney - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Doyle
  • 02 Carr
  • 05 Pablo
  • 22 Redmond
  • 17 Rooney
Ref: Dean
Att: 19,628

Match Stats

Shots

11 10

On target

7 6

Corners

6 5

Fouls

12 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:46 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +1:33

Short corner taken by Jordon Mutch from the right by-line.

89:52

Nathan Redmond has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.

88:56

Zac Thompson concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Redmond. David Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

87:30

Free kick taken by Ross McCormack, Luciano Becchio produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.

87:30 Booking

Booking Booking for Curtis Davies.

87:20

Andros Townsend fouled by Curtis Davies, the ref awards a free kick.

85:10 Booking

Booking Darren O'Dea receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

84:32

Darren O'Dea gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Rooney. Jordon Mutch takes the free kick.

82:52

Robert Snodgrass crosses the ball, clearance by Curtis Davies.

79:19 Substitution

Substitution Morgaro Gomis leaves the field to be replaced by Nathan Redmond.

75:08

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jordon Mutch. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luciano Becchio by David Murphy. Free kick taken by Andy Lonergan.

74:30

Foul by Zac Thompson on Adam Rooney, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jordon Mutch.

74:00

The ball is swung over by Chris Burke, Zac Thompson makes a clearance.

72:31

Keith Fahey concedes a free kick for a foul on Fabian Delph. Fabian Delph takes the free kick. Andros Townsend takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill.

71:21

Steven Caldwell challenges Ross McCormack unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Clayton takes the free kick.

67:51 Substitution

Substitution Nikola Zigic leaves the field to be replaced by Adam Rooney.

67:51

The assist for the goal came from Jordon Mutch.

67:51 Goal scored

Goal! - Nikola Zigic - Leeds 1 - 4 Birmingham Nikola Zigic scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Leeds 1-4 Birmingham.

66:46

Wade Elliott takes a shot. Save made by Andy Lonergan. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jordon Mutch from the left by-line to the near post,

65:06

The referee blows for offside against Luciano Becchio. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

63:17

Assist by Morgaro Gomis.

63:17 Goal scored

Goal! - Nikola Zigic - Leeds 1 - 3 Birmingham Nikola Zigic finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Leeds 1-3 Birmingham.

61:56

Robert Snodgrass gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Spector. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.

60:18

Chris Burke provided the assist for the goal.

60:18 Goal scored

Goal! - Nikola Zigic - Leeds 1 - 2 Birmingham Nikola Zigic finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Leeds 1-2 Birmingham.

59:54

The official flags Luciano Becchio offside. Steven Caldwell takes the indirect free kick.

59:08

Adam Clayton fouled by Morgaro Gomis, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Andy Lonergan.

58:20

Unfair challenge on David Murphy by Luciano Becchio results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

56:45

Unfair challenge on Fabian Delph by Nikola Zigic results in a free kick. Fabian Delph takes the indirect free kick.

56:32

Andros Townsend takes a shot. Boaz Myhill makes a save.

55:12

Luciano Becchio takes a shot. Boaz Myhill makes a save. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass, clearance by Morgaro Gomis.

54:41

The official flags Nikola Zigic offside. Andy Lonergan takes the free kick.

53:47

Steven Caldwell fouled by Luciano Becchio, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

51:32

Luciano Becchio takes a shot. Boaz Myhill makes a save. Corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass, save by Boaz Myhill.

50:50

Foul by David Murphy on Robert Snodgrass, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from right wing, clearance made by Steven Caldwell.

48:13

Keith Fahey fouled by Fabian Delph, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Caldwell takes the indirect free kick.

47:50

Nikola Zigic takes a shot. Save by Andy Lonergan.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +2:13 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +0:58

Centre by David Murphy, Tom Lees makes a clearance.

45:00 +0:43

Chris Burke sends in a cross, clearance by Darren O'Dea.

42:08

Wade Elliott concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Lees. Indirect free kick taken by Andy Lonergan.

41:29

Unfair challenge on Curtis Davies by Ross McCormack results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

40:24

Fabian Delph gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wade Elliott. Indirect free kick taken by Keith Fahey.

38:49

Zac Thompson produces a cross, save made by Boaz Myhill.

38:10

Andros Townsend produces a cross, clearance by Steven Caldwell.

35:14

Jonathan Spector challenges Andros Townsend unfairly and gives away a free kick.

35:11

Robert Snodgrass sends in a cross, Tom Lees has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

35:11 Booking

Booking Jonathan Spector booked.

31:25

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from the left by-line. Fabian Delph has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

30:05

Wade Elliott provided the assist for the goal.

30:05 Goal scored

Goal! - Nikola Zigic - Leeds 1 - 1 Birmingham Nikola Zigic finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Leeds 1-1 Birmingham.

29:29

Zac Thompson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jordon Mutch. Boaz Myhill takes the indirect free kick.

28:30

Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass, Curtis Davies manages to make a clearance.

26:14

Andros Townsend concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Burke. Jonathan Spector restarts play with the free kick.

24:13

Andros Townsend delivers the ball, Boaz Myhill makes a save.

22:47

Zac Thompson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Spector. Indirect free kick taken by Steven Caldwell.

22:18

Corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass, clearance by Steven Caldwell.

18:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Ross McCormack - Leeds 1 - 0 Birmingham A goal is scored by Ross McCormack from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Leeds 1-0 Birmingham.

16:39

Wade Elliott produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar. Jordon Mutch takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jordon Mutch from the right by-line to the near post. Effort on goal by Chris Burke from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

15:08

Shot by Chris Burke. Andy Lonergan makes a save.

11:59

Short corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line.

10:32

Robert Snodgrass delivers the ball, clearance made by Steven Caldwell. Nikola Zigic is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Robert Snodgrass.

9:13

Shot by Robert Snodgrass. Save made by Boaz Myhill.

5:38

Wade Elliott is caught offside. Andy Lonergan takes the indirect free kick.

3:42

Effort from the edge of the box by Luciano Becchio goes wide of the left-hand upright.

1:52

Luciano Becchio takes a shot. Save made by Boaz Myhill.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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